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Congress Mulls Expanding Telehealth to Help Veterans With PTSD

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Congress is taking aim at veteran healthcare with a proposal to expand access to telehealth and telemedicine for those dealing with mental health issues like PTSD. The Enhancing Veterans Experience with Telehealth Services (eVETS) Act,...

Hypertension Research Uses mHealth Wearables to Improve Outcomes

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Researchers at the University of California San Diego are developing an mHealth platform that can predict a consumer’s blood pressure from wearable data and offer health and wellness advice to keep those readings healthy. Sujit Dey,...

HRSA Challenge Eyes Telehealth, RPM Programs for Maternal Care

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A new federally funded challenge aims to identify telehealth and mHealth platforms that can help prenatal care providers remotely monitor pregnant women. Launched by the US Health and Resources Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and...

Can mHealth Wearables Replace Opioids in Treating Chronic Pain?

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mHealth wearables that focus on pain relief are finding validation as an alternative to opioids. SPR Therapeutics, the Cleveland-based developer of a digital health platform for treatment of acute and chronic pain, has received $10...

Congress Takes Aim at Opioid Crisis With Telehealth Expansion

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Telehealth and Telemedicine programs that assist healthcare providers in treating people with substance abuse issues will be getting a significant upgrade, thanks to a massive bill passed by Congress and headed to President Donald...

Choosing the Right mHealth Devices For a Pediatric Telehealth Program

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Pediatricians see telehealth as an opportunity to replicate the office exam at home – a more comfortable environment for both the child and the parents. But the success of the virtual visit hinges on capturing accurate patient...

LA Project Uses mHealth Devices to Help Low-Income Kids With Asthma

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A California health plan is launching a new effort to put mHealth devices into the hands of those who need them the most: underserved children. The Blue Shield of California Foundation, a not-for-profit health plan and philanthropic...

US Army to Use Fitbits in RPM Pilot Program at 2 Military Hospitals

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The US Army will be using more than 500 Fitbit activity trackers in a remote patient monitoring program at two military hospitals. The US Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA) is budgeting almost $81,000 to purchase the...

Is Convenience a Problem for Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Programs?

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Healthcare providers treating people with respiratory tract infections through a direct-to-consumer telehealth platform tend to speed up the visit by prescribing antibiotics, according to two studies. And those providers are also getting...

Telemedicine Partnership Envisions an RPM Program Without Devices

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A new telemedicine partnership aims to improve remote patient monitoring programs by capturing vital signs without the need for medical devices. VSee, the California-based developer of video visit platforms used by Ascension,...

mHealth Provider Uses Apple Health Records to Support House Calls

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A new mHealth service is taking advantage of Apple’s Health Records platform. Heal, the Los Angeles-based developer of a connected care platform for house calls, announced today that its OnCall iPad app will integrate with...

New Program Offers Free Insurance For mHealth Data From a Smartwatch

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An mHealth app developer is partnering with a life insurance company to offer $1,000 in free insurance in exchange for the user’s digital health data collected through a smartwatch. Cardiogram, which markets a smartwatch app that...

Telehealth Provider Joins Global Effort to Curb Antibiotic Resistance

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One of the nation’s largest telehealth providers is joining a global effort to reduce antibiotic resistance. California-based Doctor On Demand is pledging to reduce antibiotic prescription rates for acute upper respiratory...

HHS Grants to Help Native Americans Expand Telehealth Resources

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Federal officials are earmarking more than $50 million to expand telehealth programs and other healthcare service to help American Indian and Alaska Native tribes address opioid abuse. The funding, through the Health and Human Services...

Telehealth Can Connect the Dots Between Chronic Pain, Mental Health

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Telehealth advocates have argued that a connected health platform can help providers improve care management for patients with chronic pain. A New Jersey-based pain management and neurology clinic is putting that idea to the...

New Bill Targets Medicaid Coverage of Maternity Telehealth Programs

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Congress is considering new legislation to strengthen Medicaid support for maternity care programs delivered through telemedicine. The Maximizing Outcomes for Moms through Medicaid Improvement and Enhancement of Services (MOMMIES)...

UPMC Applies Telehealth, RPM Tech to Irritable Bowel Syndrome Care

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Researchers at UPMC are studying whether a remote patient monitoring program can improve care management for people suffering from a combination of inflammatory bowel Disease (IBD) and behavioral health issues. UPMC’s Center for...

Fitbits For Physicians: New mHealth Project Targets Provider Stress

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mHealth wearables, long seen as a tool for helping patients manage their health, are now being tested as a care management tool for their doctors. Researchers at the University of Michigan, who have been analyzing stress levels of medical...

Designing the Ideal Telemedicine Program for Parkinson’s Treatment

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A comprehensive review of telehealth programs serving people with Parkinson’s disease finds that researchers still aren’t certain whether a virtual care program is better than a more reliable office-based visit. Still, the...

Telehealth Providers Look to Expand Their International Presence

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One of the nation’s largest telehealth providers is expanding its platform to offer connected care services to multinational companies, Americans living abroad and those going on vacation outside the US. Teladoc Health’s new...

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